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Old 05-19-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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I think it is not bad for a city of its size...and how spread out it is. For various reasons, I have used public transport here sporatically and feel pretty positive about my experiences- although I have generally been in core areas-downtown, Hillcrest, North Park, airport.

Yeah, in the core neighborhoods it can work, albeit not as convenient as a car, but you can get from one side to the other in about 20 to 40 minutes or so. I take the #2 bus often to the ball game or downtown in 20 minutes, running every 10 minutes or when I want to go out drinking on 30th on 30th nights for $5 on and off.
Monthly eat-about: '30th on 30th

But out of the core it can be agonizingly frustrating unless you get lucky and are on one of the commuter routes.
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I tried to take the bus, 10 miles as the crow flies, 2 hours by bus. I can do it in an hour by bicycle.
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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MTS helps those who live in Mexico go to work downtown. Period.

That is the "bread and butter" for MTS.

I also has other lines but, the most profitable and busiest line is the Blue Line from San Ysidro/Tijuana to Old Town, San Diego Ca
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It's designed for poor people who work in downtown San Diego, but live elsewhere. Otherwise public transportation here is USELESS.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Paradise/Las Vegas
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I personally think MTS is garbage.Like I said earlier,lots of problems with trolleys during rush hours,late buses,buses that don't show up at all,high prices for terrible service,drivers are dangerous,lots of vehicle break ins and theft at a lot of trolley stations in the East County,S.Bay and City,really rude and dangerous drivers/operators........

Def not a fan of MTS
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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I didn't think a Southern California city could have worse public transportation than L.A. LA's only saving grace is that there are several systems of transportation that operate in their own cities as well as L.A. Santa Monica, CA and Culver City, CA both have their own lines. I take the SM bus to work at UCLA and avoid paying exorbitant employee parking fees and I drive my car on the weekends.

I was hoping to operate similarly in S.D. when I move next month. Doesn't seem like that's going to pan out.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:02 PM
 
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Deeloveli,

It depends where you live and work. San Diego public transportation may not be the greatest, but if you live and work in the right place, it could be just fine.
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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I've been trying to take that into consideration while looking for places. We'll see how it goes.
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:50 PM
 
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If you think MTS is bad, look up MARTA in Atlanta and appreciate how well you got it. I know because i'm still here
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo - Kensington
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I think it is not bad for a city of its size...and how spread out it is. For various reasons, I have used public transport here sporatically and feel pretty positive about my experiences- although I have generally been in core areas-downtown, Hillcrest, North Park, airport.
I don't know, compared to other sun belt cities I've been to (Phx, SA, Jax, Houston, Dallas, Vegas, Charlotte, among others), I think our public transport is better than most. We have the trolley (which started the light rail comeback), a commuter line (Coaster) and the Sprinter line in North County. I know people who take express busses to work from Central SD to UCSD. There is a system in place, you just have to know how to use it.
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: 92037
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So true sdurbanite so true.

The system works, plain and simple. I think the trolley system here is more than adequate, but as you said, you have to know how to use it.

Two weekends ago, my wife and I rode our bikes from our home in Lemon Grove down towards National City and into Downtown SD on North Harbor Dr. We cruised around our old stomping grounds, had lunch at Neighborhood and went to Little Italy to pick up some Pizza flour.
Hopped on the Little Italy trolley stop and cruised up to Old Town (wow has that place changed!) went into the shops and took the trolley back home.

Its great to have something like that especially after a few beers and not having to bike ride back to Lemon Grove. All for a $5 all day pass. Cant go wrong.
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